The best Quickbase alternatives

When it comes to streamlining operations — whether you’re creating workflows, synthesizing data, or automating processes — you need software you can trust. Apps can do repetitive tasks so you don’t have to, freeing up time and money for you and your employees to expand your business, work on big-picture challenges, and give customers the attention they deserve. 

Data management platforms (or DMPs) are apps that make apps. They give managers more control over their business and allow them to streamline workflows. But picking the right DMP is no easy task when there are hundreds to choose from.

Quickbase is a popular data management platform that enables businesses to organize workflows while ensuring that sensitive data is safe and secure. While many customers love Quickbase for its user interface, reliability, security, and functionality, it’s not right for everyone. Because it’s a low-code, rather than no-code, data management platform, it’s best suited for someone with an IT background. 

If you’re looking for Quickbase alternatives, there are several low-code and no-code options. Whether your priority is workflows, design, pricing, or security, different platforms offer solutions to just about every managerial need imaginable. 

With just a little research, you can find the right software that will help take your business to the next level. Here’s our list of the top five data management platforms, and the pros and cons of each.

1. Jotform

Jotform is a no-code data management platform that enables users to design apps with an easy-to-use interface. In addition, Jotform is highly customizable, making it a perfect fit for anyone who prioritizes design and easy integration with previous systems.

For those who would rather forgo designing apps themselves, Jotform Apps offers more than 200 app templates and more than 10,000 form templates (forms being the building blocks of apps). 

The platform integrates with a variety of software tools, making the switch to Jotform less of a hassle than with many other data management platforms. Pricing ranges from $0 to $99 per month. Enterprise multiuser pricing is also available.

2. Salesforce

Salesforce is a powerful Quickbase alternative for app creation and automation, allowing users to create apps with minimal coding knowledge. 

In addition to helping users create apps, Salesforce offers additional features — cloud-based technology, a wide variety of integrations with other apps, and easy-to-use automation — so users can automate everyday business processes like sending emails or updating fields. 

With Salesforce, you can create apps plus host websites, interact with clients, and perform functions directly through the platform, tying together your business and workspace.

Salesforce’s pricing depends on the product or edition you choose but ranges, on average, from $25 to $400 per month. For help navigating its library of products, check out the Salesforce product and packaging guide.

3. Kissflow

Kissflow is workflow software built to make it easy to automate processes and complete operations in a fluid and collaborative manner. This is low-code software, ideal for users with some coding background.

While some tasks are more challenging to set up using the software — some users complain that the dashboard and interface aren’t intuitive enough and the admin portal isn’t properly organized — the support team is responsive and offers phone and chat support to help you through any issue.

Kissflow charges per user for its workflow software, ranging from $10 to $19 per user monthly.

4. Airtable

Airtable is a collaboration platform that focuses specifically on spreadsheets and multi-party coordination. The spreadsheet focus allows anyone familiar with Microsoft Excel to use the platform comfortably. But unlike Excel, Airtable offers a variety of extra features, like collaboration and customization options. 

Simply import spreadsheets and choose one of the many Airtable or other third-party apps to organize the information. Airtable doesn’t offer integrations with key software like Microsoft, though, and you may have to use a tool like Zapier to work with a number of common business-to-business (B2B) apps.

If you have a coding background and are familiar with JavaScript and React, you can create your own app in 10 minutes using Airtable’s Blocks SDK. However, if you’re less tech-savvy and looking for pre-made apps, the platform is straightforward to use and frequently updated. 

Airtable costs between $0 and $20 per seat monthly, depending on the size of your team and your business needs. For larger enterprises, businesses should contact sales for a custom estimate.

5. Kintone

Kintone is a workplace platform and Quickbase alternative designed for making customizable workflows with little to no code. In addition to providing a platform for storing data and creating apps, Kintone offers several specific features that make it the number one choice for many businesses. 

Unlike with Quickbase, Kintone users can customize portals and create databases using a drag-and-drop interface. The platform also prioritizes collaboration and accessibility, offering four main methods for in-team communication — threads, in-record comments, user profile walls, and private messages.

Pricing begins at $24 per user monthly, with a minimum of five users. Larger teams can contact sales for custom estimates. Kintone also offers special pricing for nonprofits and education and government organizations — $15 per month for five users.

There are many platforms to choose from when you’re looking to automate your business processes. Don’t forget to consider these Quickbase alternatives in your search for the best data management platform for your business.

This article is originally published on Nov 22, 2021, and updated on Dec 08, 2021.

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